China-Global South Initiative

The China-Global South Initiative (CGSI) is a joint effort between the Pulte Institute for Global Development and the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub to better understand and respond to China’s impact across the Global South. 

The CGSI will bring together policymakers, academics, and local partners to provide a nuanced understanding of–and help coordinate local responses to–China’s strategic intentions, methods, and ultimate political and economic impacts in the Global South. The CGSI will focus on direct engagement with stakeholders across Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Oceania, amplifying their perspectives to inform actionable, concrete policy recommendations. 

The CGSI aims to become the premier global resource for understanding China in the Global South through the following ways:

Research: a range of publications, including online articles, policy briefs, and research reports, will present key analysis and recommendations from the effort. In addition, CGSI will construct and maintain living datasets that track Chinese political activities in the Global South, going beyond diplomatic visits to include party-party trainings, engagements with Chinese government-linked research institutions, and media trainings and exchanges. 

Programming: public and private events, as well as online series, will bring together high-level stakeholders to better inform discussions taking place in Washington, DC, and the world. 

Mentorship: research opportunities for Notre Dame students and experts from the Global South. 


The CGSI will be co-led by Dr. Joshua Eisenman, Associate Professor of Politics at the Keough School of Global Affairs in the University of Notre Dame, and Dr. David O. Shullman, Senior Director of the Atlantic Council’s Global China Hub.

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Dr. Joshua Eisenman
Associate Professor of Politics
Keough School of Global Affairs
Pulte Institute Faculty Fellow
University of Notre Dame

Dr. Eisenman's research focuses on the political economy of China’s development and its foreign relations with the United States and the developing world—particularly Africa. Eisenman has been a visiting faculty member at Fudan University (summer 2017), Peking University (summer 2016), and NYU–Shanghai (2011–12). He was a policy analyst on the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission (2003–05) and has been senior fellow for China studies at the American Foreign Policy Council since 2006. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2019, he was assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


David O Shullman

Dr. David Shullman 
Senior Director
Atlantic Council Global China Hub

Dr. Shullman was previously Director and Senior Advisor at the International Republican Institute, where he oversaw the Institute’s work building the resilience of democratic governments and institutions against the influence of China and other autocracies. He served for nearly a dozen years as one of the US Government’s top experts on East Asia, most recently as Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia on the National Intelligence Council (NIC) in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). In this role, he led the US intelligence community’s strategic analysis on East Asia, represented the IC in interagency policy meetings, and advised senior White House and Cabinet officials. He has also been an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Transatlantic Security Program at the Center for a New American Security.